• On Feb 14, 2017
    Juanita from MN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello, I am a first time mom my son is 3 and I am planning on taking him to Walt Disney in August of this year (2017). Is there anything that I would need to know about the parks? Any advice for this trip that can be provided would be grreat.

    Hi Juanita,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Mickey and Minnie Mouse are doing the happy hand clap. They are so tickled that your son will be coming to visit them at the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Since he's just 3-years old, my first tip is to pace yourself. If you stay at a Resort Hotel on property, you will be able to head back to the resort for a good nap then return to the parks later in the day. 

    Second, use Fast Pass+ to reserve times for rides and attractions. If you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you can book your Fast Passes 60 days prior to arrival. For my family, Fast Passes are a must-do because they limit our wait time in lines! Take some time to review the attractions at each park and pay attention to height requirements. The Planning for Preschoolers Guide may be helpful 

    Third, make Advanced Dining Reservations for Character Meals. Character meals provide an easy way to meet all of your preschooler's characters without the hassle of waiting in lines. A few of our favorite character meals are Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace, and Hollywood & Vine. The characters sign autograph books, interact and pose for pictures.

    Finally, review the Park Hours for the dates you plan to visit. If staying on property, take advantage of Extra Magic Hours which give resort guests extra time in the parks!

    I hope this helps!


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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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